Jammers’ Clinic With TCA Coach Neil Mason
November 20, 2006. Jammers VBC players and coaches were privileged to work four days with Neil Mason, Director of TCA Volleyball Club and Head Coach for TCA 18s, the team which won 18s Open at the 2006 Junior Olympics. Neil also coached TCA 17s, when they won 17s Open at the 2004 Junior Olympics. Neil, an Academic All American who played for Long Beach State and was a member of the Canadian National Team, recently opened TCA clubs in Atlanta and Austin. His coaching methods were shaped by Gold Medal Squared and close consultation with Dr. Carl McGown. All Jammers, from under-12s to under-18s were given the opportunity to work with Neil.
Congratulations to Jammers in the State High School Tournament
November 12, 2006. Congratulations to Jammers in the State High School Tournament
Division I; Kea Kea (All tournament team); Jordan Meredith, Skylar Kamaka, Caitlin Andrade — Kamehameha, State Champions
Pihana Kea and Courtney Lelepali, (Lani Fonua, Manager) Punahou, Runner-ups
Division II: Tif Philips, Sacred Hearts, Div II Champions
Tia Pearson, Word of Life, Div II Runner up
AND welcome back to club season! Volley on!
Jammers Sign Division I Letters of Intent
November 12, 2006. Jammers Kea Kea (setter) and Kylie Harrington (Outside Hitter) signed their respective letters of intent before a Jammers practice on November 12, 2006.
Kea will enter Pepperdine University in fall 2007. Kylie will enter University of Nevada at Reno in fall 2007.
Kea has been a Jammer since she was 11 years old. She starts her 6th season with Jammers this month. Kea is still under-17s eligible. Kea attended Junior Olympics every year that she has been a Jammer. She set the Jammers 17s in 2006 to 3rd place at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Kylie became a Jammer when she was 14 years old. She starts her 4th season with Jammers this month. Kylie was a member of Jammers 16s when they won the gold medal at the Far Western Qualifir in 16s Club in 2005. In 2006, she was a member of Jammers 17s.
Tuesday, March 21
Jammers Scrimmage with Molton Club from Mesa
Jammers 17s had a fun evening scrimmaging with two teams from the Molten Club of Mesa Arizona. After the scrimmage, they all enjoyed pizza.
Saturday, April 8
Jammers 13s Champions Again
The Jammers 13s won another 14s tournament on April 8 at King Intermediate. They were undefeated in a field of 12 other teams. In the first round, the team swept HIVA (21-15; 21-18) and Mililani Black (21-17; 21-7). In the second round, they surprised a much bigger Northshore (Mike) team by sweeping them 25-13; 25-22. And in the final game, the 13s beat OVC (Lynden) 25-21.
|Elizabeth at the SC Qualifier|
Wednesday, April 12
Jammers 17s at the Southern California National Qualifier
|Bear, the Jammers 17s DS, shows great form|
Jammers 17s ended in 5th place in 17s Open at the Southern California National Qualifier.
On Day 1, the Jammers managed to hold on to their 3rd seed despite having only 4 hours of sleep and losing to Dunes. The Jammers revived and managed to rack up enough points against Coast Karolyne and Laguna Zack to end the day as first in their pool. On Day 2, the Jammers managed to attain the gold bracket by defeating High Country Scooter and Central Cal 17 Gold. For the 3rd round (gold bracket), Jammers met their nemesis from the California Kickoff, Vision Gold and were swept. After a collision between the Jammers outside hitters in the match against Dallas Skyline, the Jammers recovered to defeat City Beach Black.
Thanks to M. Julian Baum, Big Girl in the Middle, for permission to use his copyrighted photos.
Tuesday, April 25
Jammers Have a Great Weekend
A team combined from Jammers 17s and Jammers 18s played in a twelve team 18 under tournament on Sunday, April 23, 2006. Maunalani17s Maunalani18s,ImiIke, NS18sKent, HIVA18s,QuickRen, QuicksetsNoah, NS16sBlack,Oahu18s, Keahi16s, and Jammers 15s.
In Round 1, Jammers 17s-18s were in first place in a pool play which included winning a split with Imi Ike. In Round 2, Jammers swept Oahu 18s and Maunalani 17s, to become tournament champtions.
Jammers 15s, the youngest team in the tournament played creditably, emerging in 2nd place in Round 1 of their pool.
In other action, on Saturday, April 22, 2006, Jammers 14s were tournament champions in a 16 under tournament. Jammers 13s played in 1 14u tournament and were able to defeat Maunalani 13s.
We wish the best of luck to our Jammer teams travelling to the Far Western National Qualifier: Jammers 12s, Jammers 13s, Jammers 14s, and Jammers 15s.
Sunday, April 30
Congratulations to Jammers 12-Black
Jammers 12 Black made history on April 29. The team was the first Aloha Region team to win a USAV national qualifier in the 12-under age division. In order to earn that honor, the Jammers 12 Black did the nearly impossible: they won eight matches in a row. The Jammers 12 Black started out as 7th seed of the tournament and worked their way by sweeping every match in two days of pool play and in their two matches in the championship bracket. Jammers won with deadly serves and great VB strategy against much taller teams. The girls are coached by Ferol Ka’alele. who was seen with her eyes closed during the last few points of the finals and said, “Pinch me when its over”. Parents and coaches could not believe the poise and confidence the team showed throughout the tournament. SeeHonolulu Advertiser article
Congratulations to Jammers 15s who reached the finals in Open 15 and ended second in the tournament. Up to the finals, Jammers were the only undefeated team in the 15s Open Division. They defeated Roxy Beach earlier in the tournament but lost to Roxy in the Finals. Jammers 15s have qualified for the Junior Olympics in 15 Open. Their coach is Davin Iwase. Several of the Jammers 15s won first place in the 12s division at Volleyball Festival three years ago. This will be the fourth consecutive appearance at Junior Olympics for the team.
Congratulations to Jammers 13s who ended in the gold at 3rd place in 13s division. The team worked its way up from 11th seed. This team placed third in the 2005 Crossroads Qualifier and were offered an at large bid to Junior Olympics in 2005. Their coach is Bernie Oleole.
Congratulations to Jammers 14s who ended in third place in the Flight 1 Bracket in 14s Open Competition. Their coaches are Deb Yee and Maile Norman.
This was the first club season for several of the 12s, 13s, and 14s. It was the first time they have played in a huge multi-court facility with thousands of people screaming. Congratulations to the coaches, players, and parents who have worked very hard to make their dreams come true.
Saturday, May 13
Jammer Player Selected for Youth National Training Team; Nine Jammers Honored
Jammer Jordan Meredith was selected as one of 18 players for the USAV Youth National Training Team. The 18 players will compete for twelve roster spots that will represent the USA at the 2006 U 18 NORCECA Championships. They will train at the University of Florida in Gainesville from July 9-24. The NORCECA 18U Tournament will be held from July 25-31 in Gainesville. Jordan, a member of Jammers 17s, has been a member of Jammers volleyball club since 2000, when she joined the club as a fifth-grader. Jordan’s teammate Angela Heath, who shares her birth date with Jordan, has been invited to attend a Youth National Developmental Camp. Both will play at the Junior Olympics in the National Division 17s.
Members of the Jammers 15s received invitations to attend other USAV High Performance camps. Courtney Lelepali was invited to the USAV Youth National A2 teams and will play on one of the USAV national teams at the USAV High Performance championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in July. Court’s teammates Candace Soares, La Shawn Dela Cruz-Kaopua, and Elissa Ji have been invited to the Youth National Developmental or the A2 Developmental camps which will be conducted at several locations in July.
Selection of players for the national teams and camps was made after 23 tryouts across the country. Hawaii was fortunate to host tryouts in Hilo and in Honolulu.
The High Performance Program at USA Volleyball is the “pipeline” for young volleyball athletes who aspire to reach the elite level of their sport and who dream to one day represent the USA on the National Mens or Womens Volleyball Team.
HP provides many team and camp opportunities for young volleyball athletes in three designated age groups for each gender. These age groups are determined by an athlete’s year of birth (using international criteria) and begin approximately when they are 13 or 14 years old, continuing for six seasons, often into their collegiate years.
The USAV Youth National age division is comprised of players born in 1990 and 1991. See next article for news about our younger Jammers in the USAV Select age group.
Sunday, May 14
Jammer Selected for High Performance Select Team
|Jammer Malie with Coach Charlene Tagaloa|
Jammer Malie Yoon was selected for the USAV Select Team. She is one of only 30 players in the country to receive an invitation to represent the USA in the National High Performance Championships in the Select age group. She is a member of Jammers 14s. The Select Team played “up” in the youth national age group in the International High Performance Tournament and won the Silver Medal.
Jammer Scarlet Gable was invited to attend the USAV Select Developmental Camp. She is a member of Jammers 13s.
Jammers Cara Rosehill and Nicole Sepulveda were invited to attend the USAV Select A2 Developmental Camp. They are also members of Jammers 14s.
|Jammer Malie with the USAV Select Team.|
Sunday, May 14
Jammers 17s and 18s were combined to form a team for the Aloha Region’s end of season tournament. The combined team won second place overall in the 18 under region and were each awarded a Jamba Juice coupon for their efforts. The final game against Imi Ike was very exciting with heroic saves, heartbreaking missed serves and incredible kills from both teams.
Jammers 15s played “up” and won the Silver Division in the 18-under Regionals.
The week before, Jammers 15s earned third place overall in the 16-under Regionals. Jammers 14s won the Silver Division in the 16-under Regionals.
Monday, May 22
Jammers 14s Aloha Region Regional Champions
All Jammers celebrated the championship of the Jammers 14s who came from behind to win the Aloha Region 14 U Regionals! Everyone on the team made major contributions to the big W.
On Day 2 of the regionals, in pool play, the Jammers were swept by OVC Lynden, 25-27, 18-25; defeated Asics 14s, 25-23, 28-30 and 15-7, lost to Maunalani 13s, 25-11,24-26 and 8-15 and ended 3rd in their pool. In a single set crossover match, Jammers defeated OVC Paula 25-22. Jammers then played Maunalani 13s again and swept, 25-20 and 26-24. Jammers then played Sawaiian for the Gold and won in three: 25-13, 23-25, 16-14. Jammers 14s played six matches in one day.
Jammers 14s won the Silver Division in the 16s regionals the weekend before. The team will play in 15s National at the Junior Olympics in Atlanta, GA at the end of June.
For a more detailed description of how true grit got the Jammers to the top, click here: 14s Regionals
Wednesday, May 24
Play by Play on the 14s Regionals by Dugan Yoon
Saturday, 5/20/06 – Pool Play, King Intermediate Gym
1st place from each pool goes to Gold Bracket
8 pools of 4 teams, 32 teams total
1. Maunalani 14 *
2. Mililani 13
3. Outrigger 14
4. Impact 14 Gold
1. Jammers 14 *
2. Kamalii 13
3. Oahu 13 Myles
4. Mililani 14 Black
1. Oahu 14 Lynden *
2. Maui North Shore
3. Mana Jrs
4. Westside 14
1. Sawaiian *
2. HIVA 14
3. Na Opio O Mililani
4. Onipa’a 12
1. ASICS 14 *
2. Maunalani 12
3. Onipa’a Red
4. Hookino 13
1. Oahu 14 Paula *
2. Jammers 12 Black
3. Impact 14 Blue
4. Onipa’a Black
1. Mililani 14 Gold
2. Jammers 13 * (only upset to advance to Gold)
3. Dole Middle
4. Pacific VA – Bala
1. Maunalani 13 *
3. Pookela 14 Grey
4. Pacific VA – K
Jammers 14 vs Kamalii, 25-13, 25-10
In the first set Jammers overpower Kamalii, a very young team. Serving
makes a big difference as Jammers have 10 aces and 3 faults. Coach Deb
arrives for the second set and has the girls serve under hand (some girls
seem a little rusty with this technique). Same result despite taking away
the tough serves. Jammers win easily, 25-10.
Jammers 14 vs Oahu 13 Myles, 26-24, 25-13
Jammers come out cold. After 10 serves we are down 8-2 with 7 errors and 1
kill for us, 1 ace and 1 service fault for them. True grit kicks in as we
battle back to take a 10-9 lead then trade leads up to a 19-15 lead. At
this point, they block us and combine 2 service aces and 3 hitting errors on
us (Aaarrrgh!) to take a 21-19 lead. A service fault for them and two
hitting errors for us puts them ahead 23-20 (Aaarrrgh!). We battle back with
3 straight kills and then a passing error on them to take a 24-23 lead
(you-bang!). They make an out of system white kill to tie the score at 24.
They have a service fault to lose all momentum (duh!) and then we finish it
with a kill from the outside to seal the deal at 26-24 (keep coming back and
good things happen). In the second game we take a commanding 16-7 lead on
strong offense, only to see the lead dwindle to 17-13 on two bad sets, a
net, and 2 hitting errors (Aaarrrgh!). At this point we kick into high gear
and score the last 8 points to close the door with a combination of 3
service aces, a block, and kills from both sides and the middle (Yeah!). If
we had lost this game, we would have been sent to the silver bracket! We
demonstrated an ability to win when we needed to.
Jammers 14 vs Mililani 14 Black, 25-9, 25-9
Not a very good showing by this Mililani team. Jammers had 7 service aces
with 6 faults in set 1, and 10 service aces with 4 faults in set 2. Jammers
emerge unbeaten in pool play and advance to the Gold Bracket at Keku on
Sunday, 5/21/06 – Gold Bracket, Kekuhaupia gym
(a very long day)
2 pools of 4
1st, 2nd, 3rd place from each pool goes to Gold Bracket single elimination
4th place from each pool goes home early
Pool Gold AA
1. Maunalani 14 3-0 (1)
2. Sawaiian 14 1-2 (3)
3. OVC 14 Paula 2-1 (2)
4. Jammers 13 0-3 (4) # OUT OF TOURNAMENT
Pool Gold BB
1. Jammers 14 1-2 (3)
2. OVC 14 Lynden 2-1 (2)
3. ASICS 14 0-3 (4) # OUT OF TOURNAMENT
4. Maunalani 13 3-0 (1)
Maunalani 14 vs Sawaiian OVC Paula vs Jammers 13 VC Lynden vs Maunalani 13
25-21, 25-19 25-10, 25-17 25-17, 23-25, 12-15
Jammers 14 vs OVC Lynden ASICS vs Maunalani 13 Sawaiian vs OVC Paula
25-27, 18-25 21-25, 19-25 21-25, 19-25
Sawaiian vs Jammers 13 Maunalani 14 vs OVC Paula Jammers 14 vs ASICS
25-21, 25-18 25-12, 25-12 25-23, 28-30, 15-7
OVC Lynden vs ASICS Jammers 14 vs Maunalani 13 Maunalani 14 vs Jammers 13
25-23, 25-19 25-11, 24-26, 8-15 25-10, 12-25, 15-7
Jammers 13 and ASICS 14 get eliminated in pool play.
In pool play, the Jammers 14’s had their chances. However, they weren’t
able to shut the door on OVC Lynden and Maunalani 13’s. But once again,
they did what was needed when called upon and advanced to bracket play.
Jammers 14 vs OVC 14 Lynden, 25-27, 18-25
Against OVC Lynden, with a 23-21 lead and their setter C’era out with a late
set ankle injury, 3 straight points were given up on a net, a hitting error,
and a setting error (Aaaarrgh!). Facing match point, we got a block to tie
it up at 24. But then we had a service fault to give them the advantage
(not smart!). They gave it right back on a RED hitting error. We gave away
the last 2 points on a passing error and an outside hitting error, 25-27.
The second set started out pretty bad and by the time we looked up we were
down 3-14 off of 8 errors for us. All 3 of our points came off of their
errors as we had 0 kills at this point. We played much better for the rest
of the game, but only pulled to within 7 by the time they got to 25, final
score 18-25. Lesson learned, don’t play afraid, be aggressive and play your
Jammers 14 vs ASICS, 25-11, 24-26, 15-7
We took the first set from ASICS 25-23 despite a slow start and trailing 3-8
at one point. They got their 8 points on 2 service aces and 6 errors on our
part. The score wouldn’t have been this close had we not given up 4 of the
last 6 points in the game. We were showing signs of not being able to close
the door near the end. In the second set, we started out much better and
got out to leads of 8-4, 10-5, and 14-8. A mid-game run of 4 errors and a
kill by them let them pull to within 14-13. We trade points up to a lead of
24-21, but gave up 4 in a row on a service fault, a net, and 2 kills for
them to trail 24-25 (Aaaarrrgh!). The lead changed 3 times till they closed
the door on us with 2 kills, final score 28-30. They should have had
momentum going into the 3rd set, but our girls decided their own fate. In
the 3rd and deciding set we came out determined and aggressive, and put them
away 15-7. They did have 3 kills off the middle, hitting to the corners, a
coverage that we need to work on. This turned out to be the pivotal game,
because the loser of this game ended up going home early. Lesson learned,
close the door when you have the advantage!
Jammers 14 vs Maunalani 13, 25-11, 24-26, 8-15
Our final pool game was against Maunalani 13s. Our strong play against ASICS
continued against Maunalani 13s as we easily took the first set 25-11. We
had a lot of firepower in this set with 17 kills with only 6 errors. The
2nd set started out the same as we jumped out to a 16-7 lead. The momentum
turned at this point due to a combination of factors, the main one being us
losing confidence and them gaining confidence. Symptoms like not swinging,
hitting tentatively, not talking, and not going for balls started to show
up. End result, the lead shrank to 17-11, 19-15, 20-21, 23-24, and the
final score of 24-26. We had only 2 kills in the entire 2nd half of this
set to their 10. Uncharacteristically, we didn’t turn things around and
lost the 3rd set 8-15. This is the mental/spiritual/physical state we want
to avoid, so the girls need to remember this and find ways to keep walking
the straight and narrow line!
Gold Bracket Single Elimination
|____Sawaiian___| 25-23, 26-24 |
OVC Lynden__| 27-25 |
|__Jammers 14 (Gold Champions)
OVC Paula___ 25-22 | 25-13, 23-25, 16-14
|___Jammers 14__ |
Jammers 14__| |__Jammers 14__|
Maunalani 13__| 25-20, 26-24
Quarter-Finals – Jammers 14 vs OVC 14 Paula, 25-22
With a 1-2 record in pool play we thought we were done. But, since ASICS
were 0-3, they ended up in 4th place and got the early bus ride home. As
coach Deb put it, our nine lives were up and we were working on number 10.
The brackets were posted and a definite Fung Shui symmetry started to show
up in Keku. Both Maunalani teams won their pools and got a bye right into
the semifinals. Both OVC teams came in 2nd and had to battle the 3rd place
teams for a single set to 25 in the quarterfinals. The balance of the
universe played out as both OVC teams lost in the quarters. The Sawaiians
broke OVC Lynden’s heart by giving up 6 straight at 24-19 to trail 24-25,
only to score the final 2 points to steal back the victory at 27-25. Our
game with OVC Paula wasn’t as close, but they did score 2 near the end to
pull within 24-22, before a service fault lost the game for them at 25-22.
We were rolling now!
Semi-Finals – Jammers 14 vs Maunalani 13s, 25-20, 26-24
In the Semi’s against Maunalani 13s we showed a lot of offense in the first
set, taking it 25-20. The second set continued the same with a closer score
due to 2 late pushes by Maunalani, but not enough, 26-24. The mystic Fung
Shui continued as both Maunalani teams lost in 2 sets in the semi’s.
Unfortunately, the long awaited rematch against Maunalani 14s wouldn’t be
played out on this day. Lesson learned, to go far it doesn’t matter how
great you play in some games if you can’t deliver when needed in others, and
be prepared for long days (and long Tournaments!).
Gold Championship – Jammers 14 vs Sawaiians 14, 25-12, 23-25, 16-14
The Sawaiians are a scrappy team, as evidenced by their win against a solid
Maunalani 14s team. But, then again, our girls are pretty scrappy too. The
1st set was a blow out, 25-12, as the Sawaiians couldn’t seem to get it
going. They regrouped in the 2nd set which was a very close game with 14
lead changes. They took the final 3 points on a net and a hitting error on
us (Aaarrrgh!), and a kill by them to win 23-25. The 3rd set played out
very close as the teams exchanged leads early on. The Sawaiians managed to
extend a lead when we commited a service fault followed by a hitting error
(Aaarrrgh!), score 6-9. Service was exchanged twice as they got to double
digits first at 7-10. Coach Deb called a timeout and challenged the girls
to love this challenge, this very moment, since this is why we come – to
play! She asked the girls to push 3 right now, so that we could pull this
off, which the girls proceeded to do, tie score 10-10. The Sawaiians called
timeout and went on to win the next 4 points on a kill, 2 errors from us,
and a dink (duh!). Coach Deb called our last time out as we sat on the
brink facing 3 Match points. I still get all tingly thinking about what
happened next. What’s it all about? It’s about stepping it up and doing
what is needed when your time comes, be it blocking, digging up a ball,
making a good pass, setting the ball, being aggressive on hitting, bringing
energy to the team, or serving (UNDER PRESSURE!!!). Everybody did their
part as Lala went on to serve six balls for six consecutive points and the
championship, 16-14. Wow! Lessons learned, listen to coach Deb, work hard,
have enthusiasm, be reliable, be trustworthy, be honest, perservere, do a
little bit at a time consistently over time to accomplish a lot, don’t worry
about who gets the credit – the team comes first, have fun, enjoy the
journey, be the best person you can be, … and good things will happen.
And further, don’t dwell on accomplishments because the journey is just
beginning. Congratulations to all the girls for stepping it up and
contributing to a team win.
Jammers celebrated the miraculous recovery of Coach Randy Morris, our beach conditioning and beach volleyball coach, from a life-threatening event, and the 29th (ahem) birthday of Coach Dave Stamp. The club played relays and ate ono-licious food in a massive potluck as the sun was setting over Queen’s Beach.
For the second year in a row, thanks to our sponsor Gatorade, the Jammers were privileged to shag balls for the AVP tournament at Queen’s Beach. They again met Misty May, Kerri Walsh, Elaine Youngs, Rachel Wacholder, Stein Metzger, Mike Lambert, Karch Kirally, and other great indoor and beach volleyball champions. Click on the picture to go to our photo album.
Monday, January 16
Jammers 17s & 18s Play in 2006 California Kickoff
Congratulations to the Jammers 17s and 18s for their performances in the California Kickoff.
The 12th annual California Kickoff was held on Martin Luther King Weekend in the Bay Area of California.
There were 92 teams in the 18-under division. On Day 1, Jammers 17s defeated all of the teams in their pool, including Norcal Black 18-1, which has 5 seniors who are committed to D1 schools and qualified for the championship bracket. On Day 2, Jammers surprised everyone by defeating the original #7 seed, Force 17-1 in the first round of championship play. In the second round of championship play, Jammers lost in the third set to Delta Valley Blue 17-1 (eventual 3rd place in 18-under) and in the third set (15-13) to Vision Gold 17-1 (original #1 Seed in the 18s; eventual 8th place). Jammers 17s ended the tournament in 10th place in the 18-unders and the 4th highest placed 17s team in the 18s division.
Jammers 18s only lost one match in the tournament, but under the tournament format, it was impossible to move back up to the championship bracket. Jammers 18s ended as Division 4 winners.
Jammers 15s Perform Admirably
Jammers 15s entered the NorthShore VBC Martin Luther King Tournament and won second place in 16 U. Setter Pihana and Hitter Candace were selected for the all tournament team.
Saturday, January 28
Jammers 16s Win First Aloha Region Tournament
Jammers 16s won the first Aloha Region tournament of the season. The team played at Kalakaua Gym. Other teams at the tournament were Na Opio 16s, Jammers 14s, Maunalani 14s, OVC Dean, and Rainbow Asics 15s.
Jammers 15s Win 16 Under Tournament
Jammers 15s won a 16 Under tournament on January 29 at Kalaheo High School. The six team tournament included OVC Tommy, Northsore Kent 16-1 and 16-2, Rainbow Asics 16-1, and Oahu Dean. The Jammers 15s rallied to win the finals against Rainbow Asics 16s 26-24. Great job ladies! Jammers were coached by Davin Iwase.
Sunday, January 29
Jammers 17s and 18s Play in Aloha Region
On Saturday, January 28, Jammers 17s played in a Women’s “A” tournament at Farrington High School. They were able to end second in their pool in the 8 team tournament.
On Sunday, January 29, Jammers 17s and Jammers 18s played in an 18-U tournament at Kalaheo High School. Jammers 17s were the only team to split with Maunalani 17s, the tournament champions. Jammers 17s and Jammers 18s tied for second place. Other teams in the tournament were Oahu 18 Green and Oahu 18 Blue. Thanks to all the teams for supporting the concession run by the Jammers 13s. Monday, February 6
A Super Day for the Jammers on Superbowl Sunday
Jammers 13s and 14s played in an Aloha Region 14 under tournament on Superbowl Sunday.
The Jammers 13s took first place at the 14s Tournament held at King Intermediate on February 5, by winning a close championship game with the Jammers 14s. The 13s began the day with 2-game sweeps over Asics 14s (25-11 and 25-17), and Kamalii (25-13 and 25-15). They later won their first game against OVC 14s (Lynden) 25-18, and had their only loss of the tournament in the second game (17-25). The 13s went on to sweep Na Opio (25-6 and 25-11), and ended pool play tied with the Jammers 14s at 7 wins and 1 loss. The championship game with the 14s was close all the way to the end, with both teams tied or the 14s leading. But toward the end, the 13s surged past the 14s for a 21-18 win.
Jammers 12-black and 12-gold also played in a tournament on Superbowl Sunday morning. Here are the results for Jammers 12-black: Here are the results from the 12 Black on Sunday
12 Black was undefeated, 8-0 in sets
JAMMERS BLACK VS OVC – DEBBIE
JAMMERS BLACK VS KANEOHE JUNIORS
JAMMERS BLACK VS JAMMERS GOLD
JAMMERS BLACK VS OVC – KELLIE
Because there was no time for a championship playoff Jammers Black were tied for 1st place.
Monday, February 6
Jammers 15s Continue Their Winning Ways; Jammers 16s also play well
Jammers 15s played in another 16-Under tournament on Superbowl Sunday and tied for first place in the tournament.
Quicksets Noah 21-15; 21-16
Maui Northshore 18-1 21-19; 12-21
Oahu Dean 21-8; 21-11
HIVA 21-14; 21-14
Jammers 15s ended first in their pool and should have played championship but ran out of time since there was a women’s tournament after us.
Jammers 16s were second among the five teams in the other pool at the tournament.
Sunday, February 12
Jammers 14s Win First Tournament
The Jammers 14s won their first tournament on Sunday, February 12, 2006. The 14U tournament featured 8 girl’s teams and two junior boys’ teams. Playing a boys’ team was an interesting experience for the girls, who were very impressed with the boys’jumping prowess. Coach Deb said that now that they had won a tournament, their pictures should go on our home page!
Thursday, February 23
Jammers in Las Vegas
(Thanks to M. Julian Baum, Big Girl in the Middle, for permission to use his copyrighted photos.)
Jammers 17s and 18s played in the Las Vegas Invitational. The Invitational is reputed to be the tournament most heavily attended by college coaches recruiting for the fall season of the current and the next year.
Oh So close! Today, the long day before hit the Jammers hard. Starting the day before day at 6 a.m. and leaving the Cashmen Center at nearly 10 p.m. was no picnic on Day 2 and it showed in the first set on Day 3. Family members watching the first set of the quarterfinals on day 3 wondered where the coaches had found these players. First set was an L to Mizuno Long Beach 17s. But the Jammers suddenlty woke up during the first set after being down as much as 7 points and were able to tie the first set at 17. Second and third sets were easy wins for the rejuvenated Jammers 17s. Mizuno Long Beach fans were a little stunned at the difference in performance between the 1st and 2nd sets. 22-25; 25-14; 15-9
In the semi-final match Jammers 17s played Gene’s Team. Serving and passing carried through from the quarterifnal match to the first set in the semi-finals. which Jammers won 25-21. Alas, in the second and third set, defense was not effective against the marvelous middles from Gene’s team. The third set was lost 9-15. Family and coaches were elated at the third place finish for Jammers 17s in this national tournament. Gene’s Team went on to win the Finals against Encinitas, 22-25; 27-25, 15-9.
Best experience: During semi-finals match, parents from some other team commented about how much fun the Jammers were having, even when they were trailing Gene’s team.
Another amazing day for the Jammers 17s. Jammers 17s were able to face some real challenges to their physical and mental state on day 2. They woke up at 6 a.m. to get ready for their first match at 8 a.m. Jammers 17s again played at Foothill High School in Henderson Las Vegas. Jammers 17s played three matches and officiated at two other matches. They maintained their first place position in their pool. In the early evening,they were pleasantly surprised to learn the team had been re-seeded to 12th. Several teams which had been previously seeded higher had not maintained their seeds because they lost one or more matches in pool play. Jammers 17s had started the tournament at 22nd seed,moved at the end of the 1st day to 16th seed and at the end of the morning pools to 12th seed. The 12th seed was scheduled to play the 5th seed at 8 p.m. The girls ate and took short naps. The Jammers 17s were able to sweep the 5th seed Point West (from Southern California), to end day 2 as the only team from Hawaii in the 17s division’s Gold bracket.
Jammers 18s were not so fortunate. Although they were able to defeat the 1st seed in their pool, Jammers 18s lost to another team in the same pool. The tie breaking procedures using variou statistics was applied, so that Jammers ended the pool play in third place in their pool. On day 3, the team will play in Flight 1E bracket.
Great Day for both Jammers teams. Jammers 18s improved their seed in the tournament which features 264 18 U teams Jammers 18s swept their three matches and moved up to 40th seed. Jammers 17s swept their three matches and moved up to 16th seed out of 158 17 U teams. Friday, February 24
Jammers 14s Win 2nd Place in President’s Day Tournament
Congratulations to the Jammers 14s who won 2nd place in the North Shore President’s Day Tournament. Jammers Marysa and Malie also were voted to the all tournament team. They were joined by Jammers 13’s Scarlett Gable on the All tournament team.Thursday, March 16
Jammers 15s at the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier
Jammers 15s won the silver bracket in 15-under Open at the Colorado Crossroads Qualifier in Denver. The team played very well, improving from their original seed near the bottom of the division to end in 7th place overall. The players experienced a large snowfall and had some great snowball fights.
The USAV sponsors eight national qualifers for competition for the right to participate in the Junior Olympics.